The first step is to recognize where you are in your decluttering process.
If you are just starting out you likely have the time and space to let things sit on marketplace without being annoyed by it not getting interest yet and can focus on purging other areas of your home while you wait.
If you are still at the beginning of this process still you likely still have many of the items that are higher ticket priced and that sell easily on marketplace or apps like LetGo or OfferUp.
If you are further into your process where you have done a surface purge or two and are slowing down on those fast and easy decisions of what to keep and what to let go then it may be better for you to just cut your losses and let the things that haven’t sold while you focus on other areas go. It is worth it to take the short term loss of money in order to gain and keep momentum going in order to reach your goal of a truly simplified home and life.
The thing about putting things up for sale is that you have already made peace with NOT having that thing in your life. You were just hoping to reclaim some of the money you spent.
It is really important to have the mindset that some back is better than none when it comes to selling your items. Most things just don’t have great resale value, and honestly if its clutter to you, it’s likely clutter to someone else and the value on most clutter just isn’t very high.
So some quick selling tips for you
1. Sell big ticket and easy to sell items for a GREAT deal. Yes, I know you spent a lot of money buying it brand new – but when people buy used they are looking for a great deal. Like 50% off or a price that a store cant beat with a flash sale. Make it priced to sell, get SOME money back for it, and be okay with that and know that it is getting you that much closer to your goal of a clutter free home.
2. Host a garage sale. Garage sales are great. You can sell those things you have up on market place MUCH quicker because people are already there with money in hand. Make it priced to sell. Make it easy to hand over cash and take it away. The thing about garage sales is that you’re really just getting some extra pocket money in exchange for people doing the heavy lifting of taking your things away FOR you. Once the garage sale is over though… take all that stuff away to a donation center. Or have it scheduled to be picked up. Whatever you do – have a plan to get it GONE! Do NOT let it creep its way back into your home.
3. Set a time limit for the things you post up that don’t sell. I recommend a week. By a week your item is no longer at the top of the list. It’s been seen by many and if no one is interested – cut your losses and let it go. Bump it up to the top of the feed as much as you’d like – but learn when to know when enough is enough and accept that some things you may not recover your money on.
4. Accept that MANY things you purchase out of necessity like clothes, dishes, towels, some toys, etc. just will not sell for anywhere near the price you originally paid. They just don’t. So while you may have needed those, and purchased them with a specific purpose, that is just the nature of many of the things we buy and keep.